Fitness Facility Planning With Limited Space

Fitness Facility Planning With Limited Space

March 8, 2024

Maximising Limited Space In Your Fitness Facility

It’s all about transforming constraints into opportunities for the Johnson Fitness team!

In the fitness industry, space limitations often present unique challenges, especially for guesthouses, hotels, and private gyms. 

However, with strategic planning and smart equipment choices, these challenges can be transformed into opportunities for creating engaging, comprehensive fitness experiences for your guests. 

Johnson Fitness is at the forefront of this transformation, leveraging our extensive experience to optimise fitness facilities across South Africa.


Our Expertise in Action

Our project with The Radisson Group’s safari resort in Hoedspruit showcases our approach to maximising limited spaces without compromising on quality or experience. 

We specialise in equipping residential complexes, home gyms, boutique fitness centers, and resorts with the best in fitness technology.

Let’s take a look at how you can plan and design for your fitness facility with limited space! 

We have a few considerations and options that may assist you in the process.

Planning Your Fitness Facility

Fitness Facility Planning With Limited Space

1. Assessing Space and Needs

The first step is assessing the available space and understanding the fitness needs of your guests. This involves considering the types of workouts they prefer and the versatility of the equipment.

Let’s take for example, a small boutique hotel who wanted to enhance its guest experience by adding a fitness facility. 

The management team conducted surveys to understand guests’ fitness preferences, revealing a demand for both high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and yoga. 

They measured the available space, a 50-square-meter area that could be optimised to accommodate equipment for both HIIT and yoga sessions, ensuring the versatility of the workout environment.

2. Gym Layout Design

A well-thought-out layout is crucial. It should allow for free movement between equipment and include zones dedicated to different types of workouts (cardio, strength, flexibility). 

Here are a few recommendations when it comes to being smart about your layout design.

Zoning for Functionality

Divide the space into distinct zones based on workout types to ensure a smooth flow and prevent overcrowding in any area. 

For example, create a cardio zone with treadmills and bikes, a strength zone with weights and resistance machines, and a flexibility zone for yoga and stretching.

Fitness Facility Planning With Limited Space

This approach not only organises the space efficiently but also enhances the workout experience by minimising distractions and interruptions.

  • Implementation Tip: Use visual cues such as different floor colors or textures, and strategic placement of equipment to clearly define each zone. Ensure there’s enough room between zones to allow for easy movement and transitions between different types of workouts.


Mirrors and Lighting

Incorporate mirrors strategically to make the space appear larger and brighter. Mirrors also play a critical role in form correction during workouts, making them a functional addition to the aesthetics. 

Complement this with proper lighting to elevate the mood, create an illusion of a larger space, and improve the overall workout experience.

  • Implementation Tip: Place mirrors on walls perpendicular to windows to maximize natural light reflection during the day. Use layered lighting solutions, combining general, task, and accent lighting to create a vibrant and energizing environment, even in smaller or basement spaces without natural light.


Flexible and Mobile Equipment

Choose equipment that can be easily moved or reconfigured to quickly adapt the space for different activities or group classes. 

Mobile equipment and foldable options can be rearranged as needed, offering greater flexibility to accommodate varying workout schedules and class sizes.

Implementation Tip: Select treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals with built-in wheels for easy movement. Invest in foldable weight benches and modular storage solutions for weights and other equipment to clear floor space for group activities or classes. Consider using wall-mounted racks that can fold away when not in use to store yoga mats, resistance bands, and other accessories.

Fitness Facility Planning With Limited Space

3. Equipment Considerations

When outfitting a fitness facility with limited space, selecting the right equipment is important to ensure a comprehensive and effective workout experience. 

Here are three considerations for choosing equipment that maximises space without compromising on quality. 

Invest in Multi-Functional Equipment

Multi-functional equipment is a game-changer for small fitness spaces, as it offers the ability to perform a variety of exercises on a single machine.

This versatility means you can provide a full-body workout without needing to allocate space for numerous single-function machines.

  • Recommendation: Look for equipment like functional trainers or multi-station gyms that combine several weightlifting mechanisms in one. 

These machines often include attachments for upper and lower body workouts, catering to a wide range of strength training exercises. 

Additionally, adjustable cable machines offer flexibility for a host of exercises, from squats and lunges to arm and core workouts, making them an invaluable asset for space-saving fitness setups.

Choose Foldable and Compact Designs

For cardio equipment, selecting models that can be folded and stored away when not in use can significantly free up floor space. 

This is particularly useful in multi-purpose areas or in facilities where space flexibility is required for activities like yoga classes or group workouts.

  • Recommendation: Opt for treadmills, rowing machines, and stationary bikes with foldable designs. Ensure these models are easy to move, preferably with built-in wheels, so they can be conveniently stored away. 

Compact ellipticals with smaller footprints are also available, providing high-intensity cardio workouts in a fraction of the space required by traditional models.

Prioritise Quality and Durability

While it may be tempting to choose smaller, less expensive equipment to fit both your budget and space, investing in high-quality, durable equipment pays off in the long run. 

Equipment designed for commercial use often offers better durability and a superior user experience, which can significantly enhance your facility’s appeal.

  • Recommendation: Seek out compact versions of commercial-grade equipment from reputable manufacturers. 

These are designed to withstand heavy usage while offering the same performance and comfort as their full-sized counterparts. 

Look for warranties and service agreements that ensure your investment is protected and your equipment remains in top condition, enhancing user satisfaction and retention.

By focusing on multi-functional, foldable, and high-quality equipment, fitness facilities can overcome the challenges of limited space, providing an exceptional workout experience that meets the diverse needs of their clientele.


Delivering a Superior Fitness Experience

Fitness Facility Planning With Limited Space

Johnson Fitness’s collection of Matrix and Vision Fitness Equipment caters to all aspects of fitness – from cardio to strength training – ensuring your guests have everything they need for a full-body workout. 

Let us help you navigate the complexities of planning and equipping your small fitness facility. 

With our expertise, you can create an inviting, effective workout area that stands out to your guests.

Visit Johnson Health Tech South Africa to discover how we can assist you in planning and equipping your fitness facility to meet the highest standards of quality and guest satisfaction.

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